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The sessions at the AIA AAJ conference 2017 had three tracts: courts, corrections and detention, and law enforcement. One of my goals with this final blog post is to help future scholars in understanding their role for those who, like me, never attended an AIA conference before. Interdisciplinary Justice was the topic presented when I discovered I won the scholarship. I assumed the sessions would be organized around this topic, and even though it was mentioned by conference leaders, the individual sessions did not focus on this as a main topic.             Because my career has led me to detention oriented projects, I tended to lean towards those sessions ...
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Dear readers, This is a special 19th edition of the Academy Journal , published by the AAH knowledge community. It includes five articles published online last year and three new articles from this year that enhance the built environment for health care. Moving forward, we’ve decided to publish articles from the current year for both online and print distribution. As the official publication of the Academy, the Journal publishes articles of particular interest to AIA members and the public involved in the fields of health care architecture, planning, design, research, and construction. The goal has always been to expand and promote awareness, educational ...
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How do we solve the design challenges after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Jose? As many government agencies embark on spending Billions of dollars for the reconstruction and redevelopment of the affected areas, I think it is imperative for us architects to envision the leadership of the agencies to spend the funding in a sustainable and environmental responsive way, that would meet the significant challenges that derived from these horrific hurricanes. It is no doubt the recent hurricanes that hit the United States and the Caribbean Islands contributed a major blow to our lives both culturally, economically, mentally, spiritually, socially, physically ...
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            Day one I walk into the Kansas City Convention Center(KCCC) and I am immediately surrounded by brilliant exhibitors and architects. Where do I go? What do I do? After figuring out that I’m on my own and am as clueless as some others around me I feel a sigh of relief. My first session I attended talked about furniture and how just changing and moving furniture within a classroom can change the space and that it can create flexible areas for new learning environments, I began thinking to myself ‘oh dear what have I gotten myself into?’. While the first session wasn’t the most helpful to me I did come out with a few common terms that I would hear during ...
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Last week was the 2017 EDspaces Conference in Kansas City. As a first-time attendee, the combination of designers / end-users / vendors coming together to discuss the state of education today and how collectively it can be improved upon for the future, was a different experience. Working from the designer perspective, in the (by comparison) minimal experience I’ve had very rarely do I get to see all three of these groups come together to evaluate or discuss a project. At EDspaces it was a constant, every presentation provided a complete view from start to finish of what projects are going on around the country, it was invigorating and provided a rejuvenation ...
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Session day and time: October 30 th from 8:30-9:30. The statistics are eye-opening. A study published a few years ago by the Bureau of Justice Statistics cited that within the state prison system,  73 percent  of women and 55 of men have at least one mental health problem. It’s no secret that mental health issues are prevalent amongst our incarcerated population, however, recognizing the need to address these issues is the first step to successfully reintegrating these individuals into society and reducing the high rate of recidivism in the United States. In this session, our speakers, Bruce Henley, AIA, Adam Gelb, Beverly Priori, FAIA, Michelle Robinette ...
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Join session leader Brian Meade, AIA, and presenters Johnathan Tallman, AIA, on Monday, October 30 th from 9:45-11:15am as they share the collaborative process that led up to the milestone grand opening of the new Glen Ellyn Police Department.   A much-welcomed improvement over previously cramped facilities, the new Glen Ellyn Police Station incorporates public amenities as well as vastly improved security features for its officers.  Join speakers as they explore creating this new stand-alone 30,000 square-foot facility, situated near the entrance of a popular park in a residential neighborhood adjacent to a busy commercial corridor, a location that allows ...
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For many of us, decorating a small bedroom is quite the ask. To begin with, you don’t have much of a space to work with, so you are working under severely constrained circumstances. Secondly, because you have limitations, you have to fit in a little bit of everything, and this is where most of us go rogue. However, with the right plan in mind and ideas at your fingertips, you are going to do just fine. Let us take a stab at the best ideas to work with under those circumstances; Be consistent with your wall and floor tiles If you choose the same tiles for both the floor and the wall, you create the illusion of seamless continuity, and this creates ...
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The latest Roundtable Report from the NEJM Catalyst,  Measuring What Matters and Capturing the Patient Voice , details their 'Taxonomy of the Patient Voice' in the design of care and as an input to care.  While including patient-participants during physical design is not new to our community, it was good to see that notion reflected 'in the design of care'. More telling, however, is this quote from the editor, Namita Seth Mohta, MD: "What gets put on that [hospital] dashboard conveys a strong message about what leadership thinks is important. If you spend more time evaluating whether the patients liked the décor of a hospital room than evaluating how effectively ...
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I am a graduate architecture student at Norwich University and also work as a substitute teacher’s aide for disabled children in the Saratoga City School District when my schedule allows. Through the classroom experience, as well as my own experiences with bullying, have helped develop my thesis topic related to creating safe, empowering educational spaces. I am determined, flexible, and eager to expand my knowledge regarding Architecture for Education and am excited to share this knowledge not only with classmates, but also online through AIA KnowledgeNet's discussion forum and blog, Twitter, and Facebook. This conference intersects with my Master’s thesis ...
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Hello. I'm excited to be the scholarship winner for this year's AIA AAJ conference. As part of the Justice studio at Wakefield Beasley and Associates, I’ve had opportunities to work under licensed Architect, Karen Sicner. As a leading designer in the Southeast region of the United States for detention facilities, she’s taken me under her wing and led me through the interdisciplinary world of Justice Design and the involved programmatic requirements of this architectural genre. Our projects over the last few years have included RYDCs for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, commissaries and classrooms for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and innovative ...
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If someone gave you a penny every time you had read or had heard “smart home” this year, you would be rich. But the concept is making waves for a reason: digitalization of the interior design is completely changing the way we use spaces and objects and it will rapidly change our expectations from a comfortable home. New houses and their amenities can now interact with their owners. In no time, we will start to evaluate home products by their intelligence. Here are the latest trends in home product design: Remote Control One of the powers smart technology has given to the modern man is that of real-time control over his belongings, from car ...
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Image: View Dynamic Glass By Brandon Tinianov In the modern knowledge economy, organizations thrive and grow on human energy. In this context, Human Energy is the total sum of the health, productivity, and happiness of the people that do the work that run today’s organizations. Every day, a certain amount of human energy is introduced, is spent, and leaves the buildings where people work. I believe that when a building space is able to anticipate and respond to needs of people and their tasks, you will improve the energy of the individuals at work and at home. I’ve been calling this the Human Energy Factor, and improving it can ...
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When decided to apply to a K-12 Architectural firm; that decision helped me define who I want to be as an architect. An Architect, to me, means more than just designing a building; it’s been to redesign the way our communities interact. Education is at the core of that re-design. We learn, we ask questions, and from those questions spark new ideas and through those new ideas our society evolves. The architecture of educational facilities therefore is one that should be ever evolving. As the architectural profession starts moving towards more all-inclusive design processes, where the lines between schematic design and design development begin to blur, our ability ...
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It doesn’t matter if your home and backyard are just a few square meters or hundreds of acres; it is likely to be your most valuable asset. As such you will want to do everything you can to protect your land and make the most of what you have. Installing property lines is one way to help achieve this goal. What Are Property Lines? Your property lines are simply the exact edge of your property. To establish them properly it is necessary to use the services of a qualified surveyor. They will use a variety of methods, including a topographical survey , to establish the exact boundaries of your property. Discover The Reasons To Stake Property Lines ...
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The thought of building your perfect concept of a home from the ground up can seem like a dream come true. On the other hand, it can also be an intimidating prospect, and you may be wondering what it actually takes to turn your dream home into your permanent residence. By walking through a few steps, you can get your project started on the right foot. Get Your Finances in Order Before you start the construction process, you need to ensure that you have excellent financial health This means that you may need to consolidate some of your debts to pay them off more quickly. If you have fallen behind on payments, you may consider using a payday ...
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Do you truly care about how your bathroom looks? Nearly everyone will say they do, yet it doesn't receive a lot of attention in most homes. They are too busy concentrating on other rooms, so there isn't a lot of money left over when they're done. Luckily you don't need to spend lots of money in order to spruce up your bathroom. It can be done cheaply if you're smart. We're going to look at a few redecorating ideas right now, which you should definitely use if they seem interesting. 1. Add A Beautiful Wall Decal Giving your bathroom a fresh lick of paint will improve how it looks, but it's a little time consuming. There is another option that ...
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When it comes to maintaining a home, there are some things that are often overlooked, including maintaining the gutters. Gutters catch water as it runs down the roof and funnels it away to an ideal location. While gutters may not be needed on all houses, in places with a lot of rain they are very important and must be kept clean. If gutters become clogged, pests can move into them. Clogged gutters can also lead to a wide variety of damages to your home.  Animals If gutters are not cleaned regularly, they can become clogged, which means that the water won’t drain. This water will be not clean. It will be full of leaves and other debris, making it ...
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Many social media boards on interior decoration and home renovation show gorgeous looking home designs that make you desire to transform the look of your home. Adding one or more home renovations will help to increase your home's value and give you deep satisfaction and pleasure. Without breaking your budget, here are some affordable home upgrades you can do now. 1. Change Your Faucets Replacing your plain old water stained faucets in your kitchen and bathroom will make your home appear more elegant and beautiful. You can choose from a wide number of styles and models to suit your taste. Chrome offers a sleek modern appearance while bronze gives your ...
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Anyone who takes care of his or her own lawn knows that the summer heat makes plants grow at an almost uncontrollable rate. You might need to trim your lawn twice a week to keep it looking neat or hire a professional landscaper to do the dirty work. Around early October, as the weather starts to get cooler outside, you can stop trimming your lawn as often. Sometimes, landscaping services like KG Landscape need only cut the grass and edge up the lawn once every two weeks. Since landscapers generally work five days a week, here’s an idea of what they do during the fall and winter when less general lawn care service is needed by their steady customers. ...
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